IUSM takeaways from the President?s State of the University address

October 8, 2015

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie delivered his State of the University address Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Indiana Memorial Union’s Whittenberger Auditorium in Bloomington.

His address, “Toward the Bicentennial: Transformational Progress for Indiana University's Third Century,” largely focused on highlighting recent accomplishments and activities that align with the goals of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie delivering his 2015 State of the University address. | Photo By Indiana University


McRobbie noted that massive transformation has taken place at IU in less than a decade, including the establishment or reconfiguration of eight new schools and a new engineering program in Bloomington; the construction or renovation of nearly 70 major facilities on IU campuses around the state; and the opening of two new global gateway offices in China and India, with a third scheduled to open next month in Germany.

McRobbie cited excellence in health sciences and healthcare as a major priority of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, with the goal of supporting and investing in health sciences research and education to improve the health of Indiana citizens and the nation.

From McRobbie’s address:

“Earlier this year, in conjunction with our indispensable partner IU Health, a number of major announcements were made about extensive new investments that would be made in major new facilities that will support new generation healthcare in Indiana, as well as world-class research and education in the medical and health sciences, and hence help address critical shortages in many of the healthcare professions.

IU and IU Health announced in April that we will dramatically transform the Indianapolis medical campus into a major new academic health center. IU Health will invest over $1 billion to consolidate its two existing downtown hospitals into one new state-of-the-art facility. A new Medical Education Building, co-located with the new hospital, will house students and faculty from the IU School of Medicine, and IU will also construct a large research facility as part of this new center.”

To learn more about the IUSM-related and university-wide initiatives outlined in his speech, read the full address or read the highlights of his address. An archived video of the address is available to watch here.